Healthy Comfort Food for January


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Eating healthily doesn’t mean you have to give up your favourite comfort food. Check out this brilliantly tasty recipe round-up from Dannii at Healthy Hungry Happy, for mouth-watering ideas that will leave you feeling comforted AND healthy.

dannii writes

The New Year brings lots of resolutions and goals for the year ahead. Even if a blog does not specialise in healthy recipes, chances are that most blogs are going to be featuring one or two healthy recipes over the next few weeks. I know I shall be!

When I started blogging a couple of years ago, there were not a whole lot of healthy food blogs out there, but now they are popping up all over the place, which is a great thing. During my 7 stone weight loss, the interest was essential for me to find new healthy recipes to keep me on track.

If you are looking for some healthy eating inspiration, then look no further…

Indian food has a reputation of being unhealthy, but the sauces are so easy to make yourself and to pack full of vegetables and many traditional Indian dishes are vegetarian. This Creamy Chickpea, Spinach and Zucchini Curry is a good example of how delicious and healthy a curry can really be.

Getting kids to eat enough fruit and vegetables and have a varied diet can be a struggle and that means that parents need to get creative and sneaky and fit them in to recipes where you could never tell they are there. Avocado is a delicious addition to desserts and smoothies, as it doesn’t really have a taste, but a really nice creamy texture. This Chocolate and Avocado Smoothie is sure to make even the fussiest eaters happy.

Quinoa is the healthy food of the moment. If you haven’t tried it, then you need to give it a go. Not that long ago, you could only find it in health stores, but now the supermarkets are stocking it too. Everything is better with halloumi, so try this Warm Quinoa Salad with Grilled Halloumi.

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be expensive, although that is what most people think. Sure, it CAN be expensive, but it depends on how you shop. Personally, I spend a lot less now than I did when I was unhealthy. Treating yourself to pizza or a burger every now and then is important, but if you want to keep it healthier and on budget then try making it yourself. These Vegetable Burgers cost just 25p each to make and they are packed full of vegetables and much better for you than processed frozen beef burgers.

Pasta dishes don’t need to be avoided if you are watching your weight, but a good way to keep them healthier is to use lean turkey mince and make a tomato based sauce, rather than a cream based sauce. These Turkey and Leek Meatballs look delicious.

If you want a healthy protein source, then beans are what you are looking for. They are one of the cheapest protein sources, especially when you buy them dried in bulk. Vegan Hearty Bean Chilli is a really simple, cheap and healthy way to have a protein packed meal. Perfect post-workout too, for all of you that have just started up a new gym routine.

Soup is always a healthy favourite and you only have to take one look at the ingredients of tinned soup to know that making your own is much healthier, not to mention cheaper. I usually like to keep soups vegetarian and I love the look of this low calorie Smoky Carrot and Coriander Soup.

Chilli is great for boosting your metabolism, which is one of the many reasons that I love Thai food so much. This Thai Prawn Noodle Soup is so simple to make, that there is no need to buy jarred Thai paste.

There can’t be a healthy eating post with just one salad, so here is another one. Pearl barley is something else that has become more popular recently and mixing it with feta and soya beans is boarding on genius. I shall definitely be making this Soya Bean, Barley, Lettuce, Feta and Roasted Lemon Salad.

I am finishing with a recipe from one of my favourite food blogs that shows you can eat on a budget, and it can be healthy too. Smoked Kipper and Spiced Parsnip Risotto sounds absolutely delicious.


What’s your favourite healthy comfort food recipe? Share it with us so we can add it to our own repertoire!

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